Colts’ defense keeps playoff push moving ahead

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The Colts have also found a ground game of their own.

Two-time 1,000-yard runner Joseph Addai returned against Oakland after missing eight straight games with a left shoulder injury. Former 1,000-yard runner Dominic Rhodes was re-signed Dec. 7, and former first-round pick Donald Brown is playing the most effective ball of his career.

The result: Indy has gained 4.6 yards per carry over the last three weeks, compared with 3.6 in the first 12 games.

“He (Caldwell) said we weren’t going to go anywhere without you guys (the offensive line) and that kind of stuck with us,” left tackle Charlie Johnson said. “You can kind of see that in the way we’ve been running the ball the last couple of weeks, and the way Peyton has been throwing the ball the last couple of weeks.”

Will it be enough to help the Colts make another deep playoff run?

“It does have a little bit of that feel from ‘06,” Mathis said. “But there’s only about five or six guys left from that team, we have a different coach, so this is a completely different team. We’ve just got to do what we do.”

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